“Get Fit Day” to be Celebrated by City of Elizabeth and United Way of Greater Union in Honor of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative

New York Red Bulls to Provide Soccer Clinic during Saturday’s Get Fit Day
Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative will be celebrated in the City of Elizabeth on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 1 PM to 6 PM at Waterfront Field, 185 Front Street, Elizabeth, NJ.   
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African-American, Haitian and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If we don't solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma (source http://www.letsmove.gov/learn-facts/epidemic-childhood-obesity).
FREE to the community, local leaders from the City of Elizabeth have been planning the day’s events, including, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage; Councilwoman-at-Large, Patricia Perkins–Auguste; and First Ward Councilman, Carlos Torres, as well as the city’s Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Youth, along with the United Way of Greater Union County.
“Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, us elected officials, our schools, our health care professionals, and even our community-based organizations, and private sector companies.  This day will be spent bringing about awareness as well as many fun activities families will enjoy,” states Mayor Bollwage, City of Elizabeth.
The highlight will be a soccer clinic conducted by New York Red Bulls Players & Red Bull Training Program Coaches who will host children, ages 7-16 from 3 PM to 5 PM.  Parents must sign a waiver for each child prior to participating.  All participants will need to sign waivers at the event.   
In addition, various Mascots will entertain the children who will enjoy music, face painting and other fun activities.  Trinitas health care professionals, who will provide fitness information, will conduct health screenings; body mass index calculations and information on safe soccer warm-up activities.  In addition families will be able to enjoy Get Fit activities to be offered by fitness groups including; Club Metro will conduct Boot Camp exercises, YMCA will provide sessions on exercise and healthy living, United Youth of New Jersey will perform and offer exercise activities, and Training Today’s Athlete will lead Combine Drills.  Free give aways will be provided while supplies last.
Celebrity host include Giovanna Drpic who will serve as MC. Drpic is the host of “Money & Main$treet” on FiOS1 News (NJ/LI).  Also in attendance will be Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA as well as Pageant Queens representing various cultural groups throughout the City of Elizabeth including Portugal, Dominican Republic, and Columbia.
“United Way of Greater Union County extends a warm thank you to our many supporters and sponsors,” said James W. Horne, Jr., President/CEO, United Way of Greater Union County.  Sponsors and supporters include PSEG, Wakefern Food Corporation, Elizabeth Development Company, Atalanta, New England Motor Freight, CIS, Elizabeth Housing Authority, Target, and USA Architect.  Participating organizations include PROCEED, Drake College, Ground Works Elizabeth, Elizabeth Packers, Elizabeth Fire Department, Elizabeth Police Department, PNC Bank, Portuguese Instruction Club, Lions Club, and Leo Club. 
For more information call United Way of Greater Union County (908) 353-7171, ext. 129
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active.